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 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Borough goes unopposed in Papke's land bid

The Petersburg Borough was the lone bidder on three parcels of land at Papke's Landing. Seven parcels at Papke's Landing were up for bid as part of the Alaska Mental Health Trust's 2014 winter land... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Grant funding available for local nonprofits

The Petersburg Community Foundation’s (PCF) will award $11,000 to local nonprofit organizations this year as part of their annual grant cycle. Three or more organizations will receive grant monies from PCF to support programs in areas ranging from...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

One People Canoe Society brings paddle making to Petersburg

One People Canoe Society (OPCS) will be hosting their first-ever Petersburg paddle making workshop this weekend. Veteran paddle makers Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton will lead participants through the three-day workshop using equipment in the...

 By Dan Rudy and Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Petersburg residents featured in film about Stikine River

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper organization premiered their "Water is Life" film to a Petersburg audience of about 50 at the public library on Friday. The ten-minute video follows the Stikine River...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

1,400 cans donated from elementary's Read to Feed fundraiser

Stedman Elementary School students helped collect 1,400 canned food items to donate to the food bank at the Salvation Army through their reading efforts in February. Each 30 minutes students read...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 26, 2015 

Petersburg soccer team takes third in Juneau tournament

Petersburg's adult co-ed soccer team took third place in the Southeast Alaska Shamrock Invitational tournament in Juneau. The three-day tournament was held March 20-22 and featured five teams from...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

Amidst opposition, assembly approves recycling changes

The borough will transition to a cart-based, in-house recycling program. The assembly passed an ordinance 5-2 at Monday's meeting that budgets for the switch. Sixteen residents spoke on the issue-the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

Assembly denies appeal of net house permit

The assembly unanimously voted to deny an appeal by Joe Aliberti of a conditional use permit issued by the Planning Commission on Feb. 12 for Aaron and Katrina Miller to build a net house on their property on Lot 4 of Bay Estates. Aliberti owns...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

PCC teachers honored as SE Alaska Preschool Teachers of the Year

Petersburg Children's Center (PCC) teachers Brandi Heppe and Shauna Pitta-Rosse were chosen as the Southeast Alaska Preschool Teachers of the Year by the Association for the Education of Young Childre...

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    March 19, 2015

Free vision screening helps detect eye problems early

Kids will be able to receive a free vision screening when the Mendenhall Flying Lions come through town March 24-25. The Juneau-based organization will be at the Petersburg Public Schools screening elementary and middle school students, and...

 By Mary Koppes and Dani Palmer    News    March 12, 2015

'Gloom and doom': budget deficit looms large for legislators and locals

As the 29th Alaska State Legislature reached the halfway point of this year's session last week, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, House District 25 representative, stopped in Petersburg to talk about legislature issues with a local impact. By far, the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 12, 2015

PHS cheerleaders earn top spot at regionals

The Petersburg High School cheerleaders came away from last week's Region V tourney as the 3A champs after being judged on their performance during game time as well as in a cheer showcase. The...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 12, 2015

Lady Vikings take 2nd at Region V tourney

After winning their first two games against Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe, the Lady Vikings ultimately fell to the Sitka Lady Wolves during the last two games of the Region V basketball tournament last week in Ketchikan. Each team matched the other in...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 12, 2015

Vikings fall to Sitka in overtime, take 3rd in regionals

The Petersburg Vikings placed third in the 3A division of the Region V Tournament in Ketchikan last week after falling to Sitka in overtime last Thursday morning. Head coach Rick Brock said despite the loss, the team came back from a disappointing...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 12, 2015

Assembly gives first approval for drive down dock fees, transient rate increase

The Petersburg Borough Assembly passed an ordinance on first reading at last Monday's meeting that establishes fees for the new Drive Down Dock facility that is expected to be available for use later...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 12, 2015

SEAPA asks for refinancing support from member utilities

Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) CEO Trey Acteson spoke before the Petersburg Borough Assembly last week and the Wrangell Assembly this week to update the communities on the progress of the Swan...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Recycling program changes narrowly advanced by assembly

The assembly continues to be divided on changing the current blue bag recycling program to a cart-based system that would also bring collection in-house. The ordinance containing the budget item for the sanitation department narrowly passed its secon... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Tribal council will lead PIA in lieu of administrator

Petersburg Indian Association started their week off without a tribal administrator on staff. Bobbi Scherrer was hired into the position this January and left at her own hand after creating an operational budget and seeing the funds weren’t there... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Salmon Project drops into town this weekend

The Salmon Project, a Kodiak-based non-profit that explores Alaskans’ relationships with wild salmon, will be holding a book drop at the Petersburg Public Library this weekend. Some 1,250 copies of David Montgomery’s book ‘King of Fish’ will...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Sizable group to serve as local pot committee

An 18-member Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee has been formed to discuss the local implementation of a law that took effect Feb. 24, allowing for the private use and commercial sale of marijuana. The assembly unanimously passed a...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 5, 2015

Lady Vikings take first two games at regionals

The Lady Vikings started off the Region V Tournament with back-to-back victories against the Sitka Lady Wolves on Tuesday and the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves on Wednesday. In Tuesday's game, the...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 5, 2015

Foul trouble sets Vikings back in first game of regionals

In their first game in the Region V Tournament in Ketchikan, the Vikings fell to the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves 49-65. About half of the Braves points came from baskets made at the free-throw line, with...

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015

Housing, seniors and youth major topics of consideration in new comprehensive plan

The availability and affordability of housing in Petersburg Borough and the effects of a changing age composition of the borough’s population were two emerging themes highlighted in a report released Feb. 20 by Agnew Beck, the consulting firm... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    February 26, 2015

Tribal administrator position cut due to budget deficit

Petersburg Indian Association (PIA) announced the departure of Tribal Administrator Bobbi Scherrer in a press release yesterday. Scherrer’s position and two part-time positions will be eliminated from PIA due to a budget deficit. “My first act... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    February 26, 2015

Middle school bring home 3A wrestling title

The Mitkof Middle School wrestlers are the 3A champs and they placed second overall in the Region V Tournament held Feb. 20-21 in Ketchikan. Five wrestlers earned champion titles: Brekin Davis in the... Full story


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